Notebook: All-State golf; NCHSAA wraps up its centennial celebration

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 8, 2014 

Athens Drive's Emilia Migliaccio lines up a putt on the front 9 during the SWAC Conference Match at Lochmere Golf Club in Cary, N.C. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

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The N.C. High School Athletic Association concludes its centennial celebration Saturday night with a banquet honoring many of the top players, coaches and administrators in the organization’s 100-year history.

The NCHSAA traces its history back to the first statewide high school athletic competition in the state, a boys’ track meet organized at the University of North Carolina on April 11, 1913.

Saturday’s celebration also will honor 100 coaches, 100 administrators, 100 male athletes and 100 female athletes selected by a special committee.

“It is a celebration of high school athletics in North Carolina,” said Karen DeHart, an NCHSAA assistant commissioner. “It is a time to reflect on our past and look to the future.”

Throughout the year, the NCHSAA has honored administrators, coaches and championship teams and recognized sponsors who have been involved in high school athletics in the state.

All-state golf: Four area boys and three area girls were named to the first teams of the 2013 N.C. all-state junior golf team selected by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association. The selections are based on junior play, not just high school competition.

Emilia Migliaccio of Athens Drive is the girls player of the year. She is joined on the first team by middle schoolers Jennifer Chang of Cary and Gina Kim of Chapel Hill.

The girls’ second team includes Savannah Gowarty of Sanderson, Jessica Kittelberger of Ravenscroft, Siranon Shoomee of Lee County and Alaina Yeatts of Durham Trinity.

Fuquay-Varina’s Catherine Ashworth, Wake Forest’s Rhea Bhatia and middle schooler Haeley Wotnosky of Wake Forest are third-team picks.

Eric Bae of Athens Drive, Thomas Eldridge of Millbrook, Benjamin Griffin of East Chapel Hill and Doc Redman of Cary Academy are among the 10 boys selected for the first team.

Timothy Conover of Holly Springs, Stephen Franken of Millbrook, Will Minton of Broughton and Patrick Stephenson of South Johnston are on the boys’ second team. Broughton golfers Preyer Fountain and Stephen Saleeby are on the third team.

Mariners cruising: The East Carteret boys basketball team pushed its record to 14-0 on Tuesday with a 97-42 Coastal Plains 1A victory against Lejeune.

The Mariners set a school record for victories in 2012-13 and reached the N.C. High School Athletic Association Eastern Regional title game before closing a 25-6 season with a loss to Rocky Mount Prep.

Coach Billy Anderson returned essentially the entire team and believed the club could be even better if the players really wanted to be better.

“I didn’t know if we’d be hungry,” Anderson said. “But the players have set high goals and have worked very hard to reach them. I’ve never had a team that worked as hard on defense as this group.”

East Carteret proved its mettle by beating previously undefeated New Hanover, 69-62; Wilmington Ashley, 72-59; and Millbrook, 63-56, to win the Leon Brogden Invitational at UNC-Wilmington during the holidays.

The 1A Mariners knocked off 4A teams on three successive nights.

East Carteret, which is near Beaufort, isn’t imposing before the tipoff. Sophomore Trevor Willis, who is 6-foot-3, is the tallest player. Senior post player Xavier Fallin is 6 feet 2 and junior wing Ty Simmons is 6 feet 1. Junior guards Jacque Brown and Sam Johnson are both 5 feet10.

But they can all shoot. Willis, who was the MVP in Wilmington, and Simmons average 16 points and eight ebounds each. Johnson averages 15 points, primarily on three-pointers.

Brown, who was the Coastal Plains 1A player of the year in 2012-13, leads the team with 20 points and 7.5 assists.

Whitfield baseball: The 42nd annual George Whitfield Baseball Clinic is scheduled for Saturday at Goldsboro High. Whitfield annually assembles a staff that includes college and professional coaches.

Among the staff this year are the head coaches from Methodist University, Ferrum College, East Carolina, Young Harris College, Pitt Community College, Virginia Military, Brunswick Community College, UNC-Wilmington, Catawba College, Mount Olive College, Campbell, Louisburg, UNC-Greensboro and Richmond.

Dave Bristol, a former manager for the Reds, Brewers, Braves and Giants, also will be an instructor.

The clinic is open to players from little league through high school and to all coaches. For details, contact Whitfield at 919-778-6013.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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